St. John’s Community Garden Round-Up

Here's a few spots in the St. John's Metro Area where you can go to sew your wild oats (or your garlic, spinach, or arugula)

cav tled-1Here are a few spots in the St. John’s Metro Area where you can go to sew your wild oats (or your garlic, spinach, or arugula).

BROTHER JIM MCSHEFFREY COMMUNITY GARDEN
Mt. Scio Road, St. John’s
MacMorran Community Centre – 722-1168

CAVELL PARK COMMUNITY GARDEN
Cavell Road, St. John’s
cavellgarden.ca
This neighbourhood garden in the Signal Hill/Battery/Quidi Vidi Road/Forest Road/Quidi Village area has over 40 raised beds, including small beds for children, and specially designed beds for adults with mobility issues.

FRIENDS OF PIPPY PARK FAMILY GARDEN
5 Mt. Scio Rd, St.John’s, NL
GrowinginPippyPark@gmail.com

MEMORIAL UNIVERSITY COMMUNITY GARDEN
Memorial University Campus (behind Queen’s College)
mun.ca/communitygarden
The community garden on the MUN St. John’s campus is reserved for students, staff and faculty of MUN. It’s a popular spot, with a lengthy waitlist, so students and staff are asked to apply early. However, there are plenty of workshops for members and non-members, which can be found at their website. “We’ve had all your basic root vegetables, lots of herbs and greens, too,” says coordinator Rebecca Cohoe. Along with traditional NL fare, various international student groups have used the space to grow foods usually not available locally. “It’s food culture,” says Cohoe.

RABBITTOWN COMMUNITY GARDEN
Graves Street, behind the Rabbittown Community Centre – rabbittown.ca
cga.stjohns@gmail.com
“Rabbittown is actually undergoing some really exciting changes this season,” says community organizer Andraea Callanan. “Since the garden began in 2008, we’ve been building our relationship with the Rabbittown Community Centre and with neighbourhood residents. As of this spring, the garden will be planned, maintained, and harvested primarily Community Centre staff, volunteers, and program participants.” All gardeners, regardless of neighbourhood of residence or experience level, are welcome to join, and there is no cost associated with membership.

OTHER COMMUNITY GARDENS — ACCESS AND MEMBERSHIP
MAY BE PRIVATE
Choices for Youth, Independent Living Resource Centre, Daybreak Parent Child Centre (open to families with children under 6, living in the downtown area), St. Bonaventure’s College. Easter Seals NL, Daffodil Place, Autism Society of NL, Mercy Centre for Ecology & Justice Community Garden (in partnership with Association for New Canadians; on Mount Scio Road. “We also have summer environmental daycamps, and in the winter, we offer workshops on topics like caring for environment and justice for earth,” says Sister Marcella Grant.)

NO GARDEN? NO PROBLEM! — OPTIONS FOR THOSE WITHOUT GREEN THUMBS
Share your berries (or pick someone else’s) — The Fruit Tree Project is a new volunteer program that harvests fruit from bushes and trees that would otherwise go to waste. One-third each is given to the homeowners, volunteers, and those-in-need. The Fruit Tree Project is looking for homeowners with fruit trees and bushes, as well as volunteers to pick the fruit. To sign up: feastnl.ca/fruit-tree-project

Get in on a farm share — For a weekly fee, get garden-fresh vegetables delivered to your doorstep. Nagels Hill Farm started a share last year, with boxes including tomatoes, leeks, basil, squash, plums, and more, grown pesticide-and-herbicide free. See Nagels Hill Facebook for details. There’s also Sasha Boczkowski’s greens share at crowkitchen1@gmail.com.

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